THIS IS A COURTESY POST FOR UNITED HOPE FOR ANIMALS.
United Hope for Animals (UHA) is a volunteer group and does not have a facility for animals. This pet is part of our Shelter Support Program at the Baldwin Park Shelter. For more information about the pet, the adoption process, or our program please contact the Volunteer Adoption Coordinator listed below.
Introducing REAU (pronounced “row”).
REAU is a gorgeous 5-6 year old neutered male black purebred lab, currently living with a foster family in Culver City (Los Angeles). He is a big boy at 100 lbs and stands at around 27" floor to shoulder. A complete love bug, Reau is just one of those perfect family dogs. He loves being with people, getting lots of cuddles and kisses, and gets along just fine with the family cat and other dogs.
Reau is one of those great labs that is easy to be with and does everything right - he isn’t food aggressive and he’s not going to beg you for food at the dinner table. No worries about him raiding the trash or digging in the yard! He has never had an accident in the house and is fully house trained. Reau sleeps inside on his own bed and never climbs on the furniture. And unlike his foster mom’s friends dogs, Reau is no counter surfer!
Reau was just taken to the vet in September and is up to date with shots and is now chipped. The vet said Reau is in excellent health. He was also just professionally groomed and the groomer had no issues bathing him, clipping his nails, drying him or crating him. That’s the kind of easy going dog you want!
Reau has been in a temporary foster home for about 30 days and he is doing very well.
Reau’s foster family recently paid $1200 to have him go through an intensive 10 day training program with a professional dog trainer where he lived at her house for the duration. Reau knows the following commands: sit, lay down, come (inside the house and yard), “watch me” (or look at me), “leave it” (to drop things), shake, down-stay (for limited times – that needs work but he knows what it means), “wait” – which his foster moms use at the door coming and going so he doesn’t rush in or out.
He is very friendly and gentle with people and kids and dogs - a perfect indoor family dog. In his prior home he lived with a dog and kids and he lived with a dog at the trainer’s home. However, he wasn’t too keen on the chaos of the dog park so he mostly avoided the other dogs there. A classic lab, he has never shown aggression to people or dogs.
Because of his training, he is doing pretty well on leash, especially given that he had not had any previous training. His moms use a gentle leader, but he will need some additional leash work due to his size and the recent nature of his training.
He is not completely reliable off-leash and his foster moms are working on “come” in limited fenced areas (small distances). They have left him alone in their house for a few hours with no problems (no destruction), however he seems to have some separation anxiety so he will probably do best in a home where his new owners are familiar with dogs and know how to help him through this recent anxiety and get him settled. It is likely just because he has just moved into a new home after years in a prior home - that makes a lot of dogs anxious. Reau does well in the car, but does need to be buckled in, otherwise he tends to climb into the front seat when his moms get out of the car.
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